- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Library JournalAs the title implies, this book examines the relationship between contemporary architecture and nature. In Jodidio's (Architecture: Art) wide-ranging introduction, which references fine art and literature, he mentions the way that some designers are merging buildings and landscapes. He also points out that nature is being analyzed and synthesized in many ways—future buildings, he writes, may actually be grown as living entities. He then briefly presents 62 such examples. Some are actually gardens, sculptures, or photographic essays associated with architecture. Represented are works by world-renowned architects, including Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Frank O. Gehry, I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, SITE, and West 8. The relationship to nature in these works is diverse and not necessarily obvious; Jodidio articulates it with the help of quotes from the designers. This rather esoteric book is an optional purchase for academic libraries with comprehensive architecture collections.
—David R. Conn